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May 21, 2012
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Sparkman, Hatton, Haleyville Capture Titles Join Ragland, Saks, Chelsea As State Softball Champions
Class 6A Finals Sparkman 5, Vestavia Hills 4

     Sparkman scored three runs in the fifth to tie the game and needed two runs in the sixth to overtake Vestavia Hills and win the Class 6A state championship.

     Tournament MVP Janna Korak, the winning pitcher in three of the Senators’ four games, came on in relief with the score tied at three but gave up Vestavia Hills’ go-ahead run via a Taylor Moon ground rule double that scored Riane Estes.

     Korak’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth scored Shannon Summers with the winning run. Summers had tied the game at four with a single that plated Hannah Palmer. Korak pitched a scoreless seventh to clinch the victory.

     Trailing 3-0 in the fifth, Bevia Robinson and Jordan Bullock started the comeback with back-to-back singles. Robinson scored when Korak reached on an error. Margaret Willis also reached on an error as Bullock and Korak scored.

     Korak finished the tournament with only two hits in six official at bats but had five RBIs and reached on eight walks.

     She was joined on the all-tournament team by Bullock, Summers and Taylor Hurford; Hannah Taylor, Abbie Miranda, Caroline Hardy and Moon of Vestavia Hills; Kasey Cooper and Toni Anderson of Dothan; and Callie Brister of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa.

Class 2A Finals Hatton 9, Sumiton Christian 5

     Threes were wild for the Hatton en route to the Class 2A state softball championship.

     The Hornets put together three three-run innings to take a 9-5 victory over Sumiton Christian in the final game to win their third state title in a row. Star pitcher Hillary Carpenter was the winning pitcher in three of Hatton’s four tournament games and was named the MVP for the third straight year.

     Carpenter fanned four Sumiton Christian batters and walked one while going two-for-three at the plate. For the tournament she gave up only three earned runs, 16 hits and struck out 18. She had six total hits and three RBIs.

     Carey Peebles had two hits and three RBIs while Mariah Cantrell and Danya Sneed each had two hits and two RBIs to pace the Hornets.

     Joining Carpenter on the all-tournament team were Crumpton, Cantrell and Shaide Parker of Hatton; T’ebonie Tanner, Clara Bowen, Katie Justice and Cadi Oliver of Sumiton Christian; and Elizabeth Thompson and Jessica Parnell of Leroy.
Class 4A Finals Haleyville 3, Cherokee County 2

     Haleyville grabbed an early 1-0 lead over Cherokee County and added insurance with a four-run sixth-inning rally to defeat the Warriors 5-0 and take the Class 5A state championship.

     The Tigers rode the strong arm of tournament MVP Holly Ward, who tossed a two-hitter and struck out four. In 6 2/3 innings, she gave up one earned run and fanned 19.

     Callie Pendley scored the Tigers’ first run in the opening frame. After a bunt single, she reached third on an error and scored on a fielder’s choice. In the sixth, Syndey Kiser, Ward and Lacey Burleson opened with singles. Kiser scored on Burleson’s single and, after Perri Gilbert was hit by a pitch to load the bases, three straight fielder’s choices plated the final three runs.

     It was the second straight runner-up finish for Cherokee County after falling to  Dallas County a year ago in the finals.

     Haleyville placed Ward, Callie Pendley, Kiser and Tori Pendley on the all-tournament team along with Madison Millsaps, Molly Brewer, Tori Davis and Darbie Rosser of Cherokee County and Kayla Lankford and Kayla McLean of Holtville.

Class 1A Finals

Ragland 3, Pleasant Home 2

     Ragland overcame a first-round loss to Pleasant Home, then swept through the losers’ bracket to claim its third straight Class 1A state championship, defeating the Eagles 3-2 in the finals.

     Kailey Echols drove in all three Ragland runs, singling home two runs with two outs in the bottom of the second to give the Purple Devils a 2-1 lead. She extended the lead to 3-1 with a RBI single in the fourth.

     Winning pitcher Sommar Wright, the tournament MVP for the third consecutive year, struck out two and scattered seven hits in 6 1/3 innings.

       After the opening-game shutout, the Purple Devils’ attack came to life, scoring 67 runs in their final six games and forcing the deciding game by beating the Eagles 13-2 in five innings.

     Joining Wright on the all-tournament team were teammates Emily Church, Callie Kay and Lexi Goodwin; Caitlin Jernigan, Ashley Copeland, Emily Byrd and Raven Woods of Pleasant Home; and Emily Mock and Madison Weeks of Kinston.
Class 3A Finals

Saks 3, Pisgah 0

     Tournament MVP Taylor West tossed a perfect game as Saks captured its first state softball championship, edging defending Class 3A champion Pisgah 3-0.

     West, a junior, was dominant throughout the tournament for the Lady Wildcats, striking out 58 batters in 32 innings over four games. She fanned nine Pisgah batters in the finals and threw only 73 pitches.

     The game was scoreless until Saks got all three of its runs in the top of the fourth inning. Freshman shortstop Tiffany Springer singled home Rebecca Bowen with the go-ahead run and Maggie Sheheane doubled with two outs to plate Daisy Cornejo and Springer.

     Saks’ Kabrina Snell, Haley Cobb, West and Bowen were named to the all-tournament team along with Alyssa Clayton, Megan Smith, Lillie McCrary and Dallas Gilley of Pisgah and Amanda Daher and Rita Penn of Geneva.
Class 5A Finals

Chelsea 11, Mortimer Jordan 1

     Chelsea blew open the game with six runs in the third inning and cruised to an 11-1, five-inning victory over defending champion Mortimer Jordan to earn the Class 5A state championship.

     The title game bore no resemblance to their winners’ bracket Friday semifinal clash that went 11 innings before the Lady Hornets won 5-4.

     Chelsea (41-11) scored two in the first inning and one in the second before its big rally in the third. Maygen Boaz, Caitlin Bice, Joslyn Johnston, Alex Osburn and Erin Jones drove in runs in the inning highlighted by Johnston’s two-run triple.

     Luster, the tournament MVP, led off the Chelsea fifth with a triple and scored to end the game when Osburn reached on an error.

     Winning pitcher Kacie Craft (16-5) hurled a two-hitter and struck out two.

     Luster, Craft, Osburn and Jones were named to the all-tournament team. Joining them were Haylie McCleney, Shelby Maze, Tiffani Chaviers and Bailey Murphy of Mortimer Jordan and Konner Wilks and Emily Messer of St. Paul’s.



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